Five Things to Do in Newton This Weekend

As we say hello to November and head toward Newton’s municipal election, the weekend offers some autumn enjoyment. And there doesn’t seem to be any rain in the forecast (as of now, anyway), so there’s an added bonus.

Here are five things to do in Newton this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 3

  • At 7 p.m., the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton will show a new documentary, “An Uncommon Education,” examining the life and career of Nathaniel Allen and how he revolutionized American education. The Allen School was located on the site where FUUSN now stands.

Saturday, Nov. 4

  • From 3 to 5:30 p.m., the League of Women Voters is hosting a fun election event, “Saturday Night at the Races,” co-sponsored by The Newton Beacon, in the Newton North High School cafeteria. Candidates for City Council and School Committee will be at tables organized by ward. Voters will have 12 minutes at each table to ask candidates their questions, with 10 rounds in total.
  • At 7:30 p.m. (and again Sunday at 3 p.m.), the New Philharmonia Orchestra will open its 2023-2024 season with a concert at Grace Episcopal Church. Conductor Jorge Soto will lead the 75-member orchestra and, in addition to performances celebrating Beethoven, composer John Tarrh will premiere a commissioned piece, “Unvanquished.” Tickets are priced at whatever guests can pay.

Sunday, Nov. 5

  • The Jackson Homestead and Museum is having a free admission day. The Jackson Homestead and Museum is a historic property run by Historic Newton with displays focused on the history of Newton, and the Underground Railroad.
  • From 9 to 10 a.m., Temple Emanuel is hosting a Baby & Toddler Brunch, giving parents of babies and small children the chance to meet and enjoy a free breakfast while their little ones play.